Thursday, September 3, 2015

Separation of Church and State....Not what you think.

The Founding Fathers of the United States of America did not state that church and state should be separate. They stated that CONGRESS could not make a LAW ESTABLISHING a religion OR PROHIBITING the free exercise thereof. The "separation of church and state" comes from a letter from Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists ensuring them that government would not establish a religion. This has been twisted and perverted into what people think it means today, but that is not what the First Amendment was intended to mean by any stretch of the imagination. It is nothing but a perversion.

To say that separating church and state was the intent of the Founding Fathers shows nothing but ignorance of them and their writings. Here is but a small sample that PROVES "separation of church and state" as it is practiced today, is NOT the original intent of the First Amendment.

"We have no government armed in power capable of contending in human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other." John Adams, 1798, Address to the militia of Massachusetts

"I have lived, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God Governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?" Benjamin Franklin, July 28, 1787, Address at the Constitutional Convention

"The great pillars of all government...[are] virtue, morality, and religion. This is the armor, my friend, and this alone, that renders us invincible." Patrick Henry, Jan. 8, 1799, Letter to Archibald Blair

"In my opinion, the present constitution is the standard to which we are to cling.... Let an association be formed to be denominated 'The Christian Constitutional Society,' its object to be first: The support of the Christian religion. Second: The support of the United States." Alexander Hamilton, Apr. 16-21, 1802, Letter to James Bayard

"The blessing and protection of Heaven are at all times necessary but especially so in times of public distress and danger. The General hopes and trusts that every officer and man will endeavor to live and act as becomes a Christian soldier, defending the dearest rights and liberties of his country."
 "You do well to wish to learn our arts and ways of life, and above all, the religion of Jesus Christ. These will make you a greater and happier people than you are." George Washington

"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between Church & State." Thomas Jefferson, Jan. 1, 1802, Letter to the Connecticut Danbury Baptist Association

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..." The Declaration of Independence, Written by Thomas Jefferson, signed by 56 Founding Fathers (listed here and elsewhere). Clearly states that the purpose of Government is to secure the rights endowed by our Creator. Thus the document that CREATES our government, the Constitution, including all Amendments, was written in order to secure the rights endowed by our Creator. How then can church and state be separate when the purpose of the state is to ensure the rights of.... the church?

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

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